The Lessons Of My Father: Our Strength Is Our Commonalities

Abby Zimet

When the sorry detritus of Westboro Baptist Church turned up at a Lorde concert in Kansas City for its first protest since the death of its ex-communicated founder Fred Phelps, here's what they found: Counter-protesters wishing them well, or as one observer put it, "grace forged on the ashes of bigotry" - a response, entertainingly, that puzzled them. Similarly, noting that "Fred's ideas have not died with him," his estranged son Nathan, writing on Recovering From Religion, urged others to "embrace that small portion of (his) legacy" that was people coming together to fight the hatred he stood for.

"How many times have communities risen up together in a united wall against the harassment of my family? Differences have been set aside for that cause, tremendous and loving joint efforts mobilized within hours...Let his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities."


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